An Alberta man said he is thankful for the good deed of a Nova Scotian man who returned his lost wallet with all his credit cards, identification and more than $1,000 in cash intact.
As reported by the Chronicle Herald, Bob Gillard lost his wallet in June while hiking with his family at the Green Gardens trail in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.
When Gillard realized his wallet was missing, he told a Parks Canada staff member who reassured him to have hope because he’s in Newfoundland.
Almost one month later, he received a voicemail message from Lukas Wentzell, a Nova Scotia resident who said he found Gillard’s wallet when he was hiking with his girlfriend.
He told Gillard that everything was intact and then sent the wallet back to him via courier.
In an interview with the Herald, Gillard said he was pleased by the act of kindness.
“That just shows the guy’s level of honesty and integrity, which is refreshing in this day and age. I was quite impressed,” he said. “There is a lot of nonsense in the world, and it does restore some faith in what people are about.”
As a gesture of appreciation, Gillard told Wentzell to keep the cash in the wallet, but the Nova Scotian declined.
He also refused a suggestion that he keep half.
Instead he used a small amount to treat himself to lunch and for the courier fee to send the wallet back.
To recognize Wentzell, Gillard wrote a letter summarizing his story and sent it to the editors of newspapers in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
“If you know or meet Lukas Wentzell, give him my thanks and a pat on the back with the knowledge you can trust him with your wallet,” he wrote. “If you’re really inspired, please buy him lunch.”
He also made a $943.20 donation to the Metro Food Bank Society in Wentzell’s name, using the cash amount that was leftover in his wallet.
While Wentzell declined an interview from the Herald, he confirmed to them that he was notified from Feed Nova of the donation that was made in his name and said he was pleased with the outcome.